An internal tussle broke out on Saturday morning amongst members of the #IStandWithBuhari protest group at the Unity Fountain, Abuja as leaders of the group were seen in a heated exchange of words over the sharing of monetary resources meant for organizing the counter protests.
This is as hundreds of pro-Buhari supporters have arrived at the Unity Fountain to air their solidarity to the President Muhammadu Buhari but they fought dirty over shearing of money.
A group of young ladies had revealed that they were mobilized to protest in support of President Muhammadu Buhari for N1000.
In a video trending online, the young ladies were seen laughing away their time when a journalist stylishly approached them for a conversation.
One of them said it was N1000 that brought them to the counter protest. They were protesting in support of Buhari. But they did not come on their own. They were hired.
She told the journalist: “Oga, na N1000 bring us here. To support Baba Buhari.’ However, as at the time the video was shut, she had been paid by whosoever employed them.
While the conversation was ongoing, a police officer came to the ladies and drove them out saying they were not permitted to grant interview.
Security agencies, including the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the DSS, deployed undercover agencies to prevent a breakdown of law and order during the June 12 protests.
Findings indicate that intelligence operatives have also infiltrated the various groups organizing the nationwide rallies meant to call government attention to the deteriorating security situation in the country.
The spokesman, NSCDC, Olushola Odumosu, confirmed that intelligence operatives would be working throughout the night to ensure that the Democracy Day celebration was hitch-free.
Odumosu said the NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, has also directed State commandants to mobilize their respective Rapid Respond Squads.
He stated, “At the moment, our men have been deployed. As we speak now, they are on patrol and that would happen throughout the night to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. We are not leaving anything to chance. If anything is going to happen, it would start during the night.
“So, our men are on patrol alongside other security agencies. The CG has also directed all state commandants to deploy Rapid Respond Squad to contain any eventuality. They would serve as the reserve squad to those on patrol, they would serve as intervention force.”
Asked if the corps received intelligence of possible security breach, the NSCDC spokesman said the security agencies were simply taking proactive measures in view of the prevailing security situation and the agitations by secessionist groups.
Also, the Commander, Guards Brigades, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Usman, who assured residents that there would be no security breach in the FCT, stated that he was not aware of the planned rally in the federal capital, saying his men would be on duty as usual.
When asked if he would deploy troops to forestall possible violence during the protest in Abuja, the commander said, “If I would deploy, I won’t tell you. It’s the normal action we are taking, there would be no breakdown of law and order.”
The FCT police command spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, also said personnel would be drafted to protect residents and public infrastructure, saying, “Our men will be on the ground to protect FCT residents and public infrastructure during the Democracy Day anniversary celebration.”